Connect through creativity & enjoy the little things!

We live such busy, fast paced lives that there is rarely time for spending quality time with our family. A great way to bond and bridge barriers, or simply have some fun together is through Art. It provides a gentle and calming opportunity to connect (or reconnect), express ourselves and just be together in a mindful and fun way.

Here’s 5 creative activities to do with your family:

  • DIY Story Hour – Make up stories on your own or together and share with each other. They could be funny or mysterious or even a bit scary (if you like a ghost story). Or if you find it hard to think of a whole story why not play the story sentence game. One person starts the story with ‘Once upon a time in…’ then each person continues the next line of the story until it is finished. If you are a small family you can simply keep going until you feel you have enough. Then enjoy laughing together at your funny creation.

    If you are feeling super creative you could even follow the same process for the illustrations too and turn it into a finished family book to treasure as a keepsake.

  • Create a Home Gallery – Find a wall somewhere in the house and nominate it as a family art gallery wall. Then depending on your preference either buy some frames to put artwork into or if you are feeling brave then why not draw the frames themselves directly onto the walls. Either way plan out how the wall will look first. We recommend going onto Pinterest and looking at how gallery walls have been arranged.

    If you are drawing directly onto the walls draw outlines of shapes first in pencil then use a permanent marker or acrylic paint to finish the frames out. Once you have your frames hung up or drawn out then simply add your own or your children’s artwork.

  • Kindness Rocks – You’ve probably all by now heard about, found or even made your own kindness rocks. Well this super cheap and easy project is great for any age and especially in these really anxious times, spreading a bit of kindness is even more important (even if it is just around your own house).

    Start by going into your garden and collecting some large stones. If you don’t have a garden or you don’t have stones then think outside the box on other objects that you could paint or draw onto around the house. then simply think of a short message and spend some time writing your message onto your rock (or object of your choice) and decorating it. Once it is finished (and dry – if using paint) then simply hide them round the house for your family members to find. You could make as many as you like and then spread them across a few weeks so it becomes a nice happy surprise.

  • Family Canvas – A great way to bond as a family is to create a collaborative painting that can be hung in your home. Simply buy a large canvas. Or if you can’t get to the shops you could paint onto an old sheet or cardboard etc.

    Talk together about ideas on what you could paint first and the elements that will feature in your painting. It could be your family motto or a family portrait. Or you may even want to create lots of different images independently and then bring them altogether to create a mixed media collage.

  • Creative & Colourful Science – If the holidays on their way, why not still get in some educational play into your child’s day. One of our favourite amazingly colourful experiments is Exploding Rainbow Brew!

    You will need:

    • Baking Soda
    • Food colouring
    • Glitter (optional)
    • Washing up Liquid
    • Vinegar
    • A glass or plastic jar
    • A tray or large baking dish

    How to make it:

    1. With the jar sat on top of the tray, fill the jar halfway with vinegar
      and add a small amount of washing up liquid and stir
    2. Add a few drops of food colouring (plus glitter if you want). Don’t stir yet!
    3. Now add heaped teaspoons of baking soda to the mixture and gently stir
    4. Sit back and watch the foaming begin
    5. To keep it foaming keep adding baking soda and vinegar
    6. To make it more colourful and to get the real vibrant rainbow effect add a few drops of food colouring to small amount of vinegar in separate containers for each colour. Then periodically add each colour to the centre of the brew.